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M&S Simply Food tempts patients, visitors and staff at Taunton hospital

A new Marks and Spencer Simply Food store and café opened its doors to hospital patients, visitors and staff at Taunton’s Musgrove Park Hospital on 23rd July.

Situated in the new Jubilee Building's Concourse, the facility will stock around 1,500 different food and drink items, including products for people on-the-go and for those looking to pick up something tasty for their evening meal. An in-store bakery is also providing a range of freshly baked breads and treats all day.

Speaking about the opening Deputy Chief Executive Peter Lewis said: “We are pleased that the first of our new retail outlets in now opening here at Musgrove Park Hospital.

“Feedback from our patients, visitors and staff told us that they wanted to see high quality retail and refreshment facilities here at the hospital, so we are delighted to have secured both Marks & Spencer Simply Food and Costa opening on site this summer.”

Marks and Spencer Simply Food Shop will be open from 7am – 8.30pm Monday to Friday and 7.30am – 8.30pm on Saturdays and Sundays; the 48-seat Café will be open from 7:30am – 8:30pm Monday to Friday, 8am – 8pm Saturday and 10am – 6pm Sunday.

The new store has had the added benefit of more jobs being created at the hospital with 45 new members of staff recruited.

Offering even more choice to hospital patients, visitors and staff, a new Costa store is due to open in Musgrove's Duchess Building this month.